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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:32 PM

Trump Just Had his NOLA Moment

Trump just had his NOLA moment.

An American president can get away with being dumb--most of us are not that brainy. He can get away with infidelity--almost all of us lust in our hearts. He can snort a little coke--most of us like to escape reality from time to time. Greed is not a problem in a country where money has taken the place of spirituality and the rich are revered. Exploit your political connections to build and then sell a Ballpark for a cool million dollar profit? Who would not be tempted if they had the chance? Even criminal activity is not necessarily a disqualification--if laws are being broken to protect others. This is the appeal of the so called Bandit King, a myth popular in rural America, a myth that Trump exploited in his run for president. (See Eric Hobsbawm's Bandits for more on the subject).

But when a president who ran on a platform of "I know your fears and I will fix them even if it means cracking some heads and breaking some laws" turns around and says, in effect, "I do not care about you, I only care about myself" he is political toast. When he obstructs and breaks the law for his own sake, he is no Bandit King. He is just a cheap thug.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans believe that Trump does not care about them. And, I suspect, a fair number of the remaining forty-one percent secretly agree, but they are too stubborn to admit it.

Images of New Orleans survivors clinging to their rooftops, begging for help, while an indifferent W. flew by overhead lead directly to the 2006 Democratic midterm landslide. Up until then. W. at least pretended to care. He was someone "you would want to have a beer with". NOLA revealed that W. lived in a tower made of callous indifference.

Trump is living in that same tower--a tower that will soon become like the tarot card, the Tower of Destruction. And when the smoke clears and he is standing in the rubble of what was once his presidency, he will have no one to blame but himself. Those who do not care about others should not try to lead others.

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Reply Trump Just Had his NOLA Moment (Original post)
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 OP
USALiberal Jan 2019 #1
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #2
RKP5637 Jan 2019 #3
leftieNanner Jan 2019 #4
underpants Jan 2019 #5
cheezmaka Jan 2019 #17
dhol82 Jan 2019 #6
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 #8
Wellstone ruled Jan 2019 #7
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 #9
LiberalLovinLug Jan 2019 #13
Wellstone ruled Jan 2019 #15
cheezmaka Jan 2019 #18
AllaN01Bear Jan 2019 #10
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 #11
Julian Englis Jan 2019 #12
AllaN01Bear Jan 2019 #21
rampartc Jan 2019 #14
fierywoman Jan 2019 #23
Eyeball_Kid Jan 2019 #24
Roy Rolling Jan 2019 #16
Historic NY Jan 2019 #19
EleanorR Jan 2019 #20
lillypaddle Jan 2019 #22
malaise Jan 2019 #25
onetexan Jan 2019 #26
Ferrets are Cool Jan 2019 #28
Ferrets are Cool Jan 2019 #27
Doitnow Jan 2019 #29
The Wizard Jan 2019 #30

Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:33 PM

1. "too stubborn to admit it" is the best explanation!!! Nice post! nt

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:34 PM

2. Recommended.

This in particular:

Fifty-nine percent of Americans believe that Trump does not care about them. And, I suspect, a fair number of the remaining forty-one percent secretly agree, but they are too stubborn to admit it.


Too stubborn to stop and ask for directions.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:35 PM

3. SH** sticks together, yep, a lot in common!!! n/t

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:35 PM

4. Very good analysis

For those of us at DU, The Orange One has been a Tower of Destruction from day one. I am hopeful that others can finally see that the emperor truly has no clothes. (eye bleach.......)

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:38 PM

5. Bandit King - looking that up

Another comparison I like is the snake oil salesman. It takes several trips and people not getting well or getting worse off before the community admits to itself that itís been had. Then things get ugly.

In modern day though people are told all day long how good the medicine is working.


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Response to underpants (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:28 PM

17. Snake Oil Salesman from day one...

and even in this situation he still has a percentage of Americans DRINKING THE KOOL-AID...

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:52 PM

6. I think you mean the 2006 midterm.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:54 PM

8. Yes, thanks. Corrected.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:54 PM

7. Trump would not know what that moment

is or was. Trump is in this to score all the money and trappings he can. This is a Mob operation in plain site.

Trump is not smart enough to even pull that off.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:00 PM

9. Trump is Fredo

Do you think the other mobsters laugh at him?



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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:39 PM

13. Yup. He can't even get any respect from the worst of the worst

 









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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:11 PM

15. Always had a chuckle watching

some of his Hanger-on-ers just stab him merciless while picking his pockets at the same time,and he thinks they are his bestest of friends.

There used to be a saying,honor among thieves,well,the thieves won't go near this sucker because he has no honor.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:37 PM

18. That had to be ONE of the most embarrassment moments for our nation

Just look at the one Korean gentleman "laughing" as well as the EXPRESSION on Kim Jung's face...

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:08 PM

10. what is nola?

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:09 PM

11. New Orleans, LA

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:23 PM

12. New Orleans, Katrina, & the indifference of Dubya n/t

Last edited Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:16 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Julian Englis (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:55 PM

21. thanks. that clears up some things.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:07 PM

14. a trump themed tarot deck sounds sellable ..........

the fool, the tower,

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Response to rampartc (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:08 PM

23. For the past six months or so I've been following tarot readers and clairvoyants (lefties)

reading on US politics on youtube. The Tower and The Fool come up often. What's fascinating is that between most of them, certain cards have come to mean (while reading American politics) certain people. One reader only uses the Thoth deck to read on tRump & associates. Personally I don't think any good reader would want to read a deck of tRump imagery ! -- the decks they are using give them enough to work with. Most of them read with the Rider-Waite version.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:11 PM

24. Not "The Fool".

In tarot mythology (if I recall from over 40 years ago), The Fool is actually a very powerful card. The Fool is a truth-teller who inevitably gets screwed because s/he ignores politics or political power plays because speaking the truth is more important than self-protection. The typical advice given someone whose reading is heavily influenced by The Fool is to proceed cautiously and be aware of dangerous forces in one's surroundings. When The Fool reveals a hurtful truth, usually in undiplomatic terms, others indeed get hurt, and tend to restrict in many ways The Fool's influence. Sometimes it can get very personal and damaging. If this general interpretation is still valid today, it wouldn't be appropriately attributed to anything connected with Trumpy.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:22 PM

16. Yes

I prefer to call the defeat "Trump's last stand".

But only because I personally lost friends, a multi-million dollar studio project, and much of my city, state, and surrounding states.

Too painful to even use in comparisons.

But everybody knows W's Katrina moment, but many of us on the ground were busy tearing out sheetrock, burying the dead, and helping neighbors. Thank goodness everybody else cared even when W was clueless. As was the future Florida Secretary of State.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:49 PM

19. Its was 47% that did in Romney...

Trumps at 59%. Tell us again that the Russian manipulation of polls, internet, and by other means didn't help Trump.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:54 PM

20. and kirstjen nielsen was front and center for both

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:03 PM

22. You are quite a writer

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:12 PM

25. Perfectly stated

Rec

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:14 PM

26. NOLA was a natural disaster

the Idiot's border crisis was, and still is, a manufactured one.
While Dubya's incompetence in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina led to the horrific sufferings (and deaths) of many, the cause was a natural disaster. The Trump shutdown was one he fully inflicted upon the citizens of this country.
This is why i wouldn't call it his NOLA moment.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #26)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:16 PM

28. Agree 100%

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:16 PM

27. It's a good thought, but I would change "are too stubborn to admit it"

to they are too ignorant and hateful to admit it.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:27 PM

29. "Those who do not care about others should not try to lead others."

Exactly why I rant on every chance I get about a candidate's RECORD. When trying to choose who to vote for, look at what they've been doing during their lifetime. Not just what they promise for the future. Words are meaningless without a past that indicates some amount of action in favor of helping others including the less fortunate. Everyone has a past. Find out what they've done. If they have no record of service, then they need to go get one before you vote for them.

I would hope more of the media would ask candidates these kind of questions instead of the usual horse race stuff.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:36 PM

30. "It's easier to fool people

than convince them they've been fooled"
(Mark Twain)

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